Sunderland’s Split Festival could be greenest in Europe

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SUNDERLAND’S Split Festival could become the greenest in Europe under plans by organisers.

Bosses at the celebration of music and Mackem culture, held at Ashbrooke Sports Ground, have created a three-year plan to make the event as eco-friendly as possible.

Crowds at Split Festival

Crowds at Split Festival

Rob Deverson, Split chairman, said: “As well as Split Festival, I work in the energy and environmental sector helping large organisations throughout the UK reduce their carbon footprint and so improve environmental performance.

“As our festival has developed, we wanted to bring a similar ethos to Split.

“It’s great to recycle plates and glasses but what about the energy used for tour buses, generator sets and other major fossil fuel burners at live outdoor entertainment?”

Working in conjunction with Julie’s Bicycle – a green music industry project – the organisers have a plan to not only do everything they can in 2011 to reduce their carbon impact, but also to measure this using evidence from festival-goers.

“Unusually for a growing festival we are close to a city centre location so already have excellent local transport links,” said Rob.

He added: “We can do all we can inside the venue to reduce our carbon impact by using bio-fuels in local generators to power the site as well as carefully-managed waste streams and recyclable food and drink materials.

“However, that is all for nothing if everyone turns up to our event in their cars. We want to encourage all festival-goers to use public transport to the Park Lane interchange in Sunderland and we will provide courtesy bus travel for the short ride from there to the venue.

“A team of volunteers will be conducting entry interviews on methods of travel and we will be offering spot prizes throughout the weekend for festival goers who can show public transport tickets for their trip to the event.”

A new element this year is also Split’s incentive to encourage more children to come along.

All primary school children free entry as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Once inside, there will be a dedicated play zone where there will be rides, games, circus performers and tasty treats.

Split Festival 2011, which takes place on September 17 and 18, will showcase bands including The Charlatans, The Drums, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Mystery Jets, The Rifles, The King Blues and Dinosaur Pile-Up.

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